FIELD DAY OPTIONS – 2020

Good evening, all.

Field Day is coming up next weekend (not this weekend, but the 27th and 28th.)

In our last meeting, we had discussed taking up the LaPorte club on their invitation to work a full, serious FD event. And then COVID-19 happened.

However, from my understanding,  the LaPorte club is still intending on holding their event at Danny’s tower, although they are trying to ensure that it follows the CDC guidelines as much as possible.

The other change is that for this year only, the ARRL is allowing hams to work from home, using Class-D as their category, and can count contacts with other Class-D stations (usually, those don’t count.) Also, they are allowing the operate-from-home hams to aggregate their scores if submitted in the name of a club.

I will leave the choice up to you. As President, I still have to take into consideration the health and well-being of our older-at risk members and cannot recommend the public outing. But it’s your call.

So:

1) Meet the LaPorte club out at Danny’s tower and work as part of their effort;

2) Work from home and keep track of your QSO’s and I’ll figure out how we report together as PCARC;

3) Just work from home as an individual and have fun.

As to our next in-person meeting, it’s mostly up to the EMA as the pandemic is ongoing and the latest reports indicate the second wave is just starting. I have a feeling that we may not be meeting again until later in the year, but I will keep all of you in the loop.

One other thing – if you have not paid your dues for 2020 yet, they are due. Dues are $20 for adults, $10 for students or seniors, and $25 for a family. You can mail a check to:

Porter County Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 1061
Valparaiso, IN 46384

Thank you! Be safe, get on the air, and soon we can once again hang out on a Friday night.

73
Paul WD9GCO

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